Celiac Plexus Block​

Persons being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer often experience severe abdominal pain due to the pancreatic tumor pressing on a nerve bundle called the celiac plexus located in the upper abdomen. The celiac nerves connect the stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder and intestines to the spinal cord and brain. Common treatment for this pain is through opioids which have strong side effects. A celiac plexus block is a procedure that targets the celiac nerves so they cannot send pain messages to the brain.